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Lucille Ball’s Protege & ‘Sixteen Candles’: Carole Cook Dead At 98

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Carole Cook, known best as the protege of the great Lucille Ball, has been confirmed dead at the age of 98. How did the actress pass away? What else was she known for? Keep reading for all the details.

Carole Cook Dead At 98: Cause Of Death

Carole Cook showed such promise at a young age that the legendary Lucille Ball was quick to take her under her wing and give her the career boost she needed. In addition to being Lucille’s protege, she is known for her roles in Sixteen Candles and The Incredible Mr. Limpet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress passed away on Wednesday. Sadly, she passed away just three days before her 99th birthday. According to the outlet, it was her husband Tom Troupe who confirmed her passing.

Carole Cook’s cause of death was confirmed to be heart failure.

She Had 62 Acting Credits

Thanks to her own talent and the boost she received from Lucille Ball, Carole Cook had a very successful acting career. According to IMDb, she had 62 acting credits under her name at the time of her passing. Some of the more noteworthy credits on her resume include:

  • The Gauntlet 
  • American Gigolo 
  • Home on the Range 
  • Grey’s Anatomy 
  • Fast Money 
  • Dynasty 

Lucille Ball very much paved the way to Hollywood for Carole Cook. At Lucille’s request, Carole headed to Hollywood and first appeared on an episode of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse in 1959. Technically, Carole’s first name was not always Carole. Lucille actually convinced her to change her name (which was originally Mildred) in honor of the actress Carole Lombard.

Carole proceeded to work beside Ball appearing in 18 episodes of The Lucy Show from the years 1963 to 1968. She played the role of Lucy’s friend, Thelma Green. Carole Cook and Lucille Ball even competed on Password together in 1965.

The actress married her husband, Tom Troup back in March of 1964. Lucille Ball, who had grown close to Carole, was the matron of honor. Future columnist of The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Osborne, was the best man. Carole got to work with her husband in several plays including Father’s Day and The Lion in Winter. The couple also dedicated time to raising money for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Rest in peace, Carole Cook.

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